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Rouben Mamoulian



An actor in Russian theater in the teens, Rouben Mamoulian relocated to England and began directing plays in London in 1922. He came to the U.S. the following year and was soon directing opera and theater. He helmed his first film in 1929, the landmark early talkie Applause. This backstage drama was noteworthy for its inventive camerawork and resourceful use of sound -- qualities that also defined Mamoulian's major works of the early 1930s: the crime drama City Streets (1931) with Gary Cooper; the horror tale Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) with Fredric March; the Lubitsch-inspired musical Love Me Tonight (1932), with Jeanette MacDonald; the historical drama Queen Christina (1933) with Greta Garbo; and the first Technicolor feature from Hollywood, the Thackeray adaptation Becky Sharp (1935). In the early '40s, Mamoulian's silent-film remakes, The Mark Of Zorro (1940) and Blood and Sand (1941), both starring Tyrone Power, were widely admired, but he went on to make only three more films: the comedy Rings on Her Fingers (1942) and the musicals Summer Holiday (1948), based on Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!," and Silk Stockings (1957), based on Lubitsch's film Ninotchka. Never one to compromise, Mamoulian started but was replaced on the films Laura (1944), Porgy and Bess, and Cleopatra (1963). He remained busy directing theater and opera, and staged the original productions of such celebrated works as Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma!, Carousel, and Lost in the Stars.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Rouben Mamoulian
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
  • Himself
1984
No Score Yet Summer Holiday
  • Director
1964
100% Silk Stockings
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet Gone to Earth
  • Screenwriter
1950
No Score Yet Summer Holiday
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Rings on Her Fingers
  • Director
1942
100% Blood and Sand
  • Director
1941
100% The Mark of Zorro
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Golden Boy
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet High, Wide and Handsome
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet The Gay Desperado
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Becky Sharp
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet We Live Again
  • Director
1934
89% Queen Christina
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet The Song of Songs
  • Director
  • Producer
1933
100% Love Me Tonight
  • Producer
  • Director
1932
93% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Producer
  • Director
1931
80% City Streets
  • Director
1931
No Score Yet Glamour Girls
  • Director
1930
85% Applause
  • Director
1929

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